GREEN BAY, Wis. The intrigue for the Minnesota playoff game Saturday night against the Green Bay Packer was amplified once starting quarterback Christian Ponder was declared out and backup Joe Webb would be leading Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the Vikings' offense didn't receive the same boost. Playing more than just a few snaps for the first time all season, Webb was unable to establish anything through the air, allowing Green Bay to focus solely on shutting down running back Adrian Peterson until it was too late in Saturday's 24-10 loss. Webb's ineffectiveness gave Minnesota little shot to win a playoff game on the road at Lambeau Field against the Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Minnesota's total game wasn't as poor as the final score would reflect, but the lack of a passing game, combined with a minus-3 turnover-differential sealed the Vikings' fate. Here's how Minnesota graded out in each phase.
Pass offense: F
As hard as a loss is to put on one player's shoulders, Web...